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  • Aleks Bartosik
  • A Requiem for Passion
    Sept 1 - Oct 2, 2011
    Essay by James Campbell
    Venus Headlights III
    Sept 16 @ 8PM Tickets $20
    Upcoming Exhibitions
    Zachari Logan
    October 7 - November 10
    Amar Thankar
    Diane Feught
    Nov 15 - Dec 15

    Come and watch Bartosik and Oakes in the drawing performance

    Cat Fight BC

    Headbones Gallery, September 01

    Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council

    A Cat Fight - Thereís something about the spectacle of a cat fight thatís hard to resist. The appeal is in the messy way that females fight with scrappy jibes, hair pulling, eye scratchy, green-eyed fury. September 01 at Headbones Gallery, Aleks Bartosik from Toronto (feisty paintings and bold big drawings) will stand up to the Vernon she-cat Julie Oakes.  This is not the first time the two have curled their lips back and meowed, Headbones at Art Mur Gallery, Montreal, also witnessed their furious dynamics in April, 2010 as the crowd jeered and cheered.

     A Cat Fight - Making a drawing feels like that sometimes. It begins with scratching away at the paper, trying to make a dent in the overwhelming white-space of aesthetic existence. The drawing may seem to be getting somewhere, hitting that stride, grooving in a space where the sun has come out and there is nothing to do but purr. Then a snag. A rustle in the leaves perhaps. A rodent-like, bird-brain of an idea crosses the path of vision and with a stretch and flex, itís time to rise to the occasion. Eyes narrow to slits for better focus.  A leap, a dive, and a close brush with annihilation that could erase the entire project. The claws come out. It is time to get serious, to tackle. Is it ego against id or artist against paper? And with both sides so similar, itís hard to tell the difference between the two once those claws have appeared.

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